COVID-19: Resources for Educators

Adobe

  • Adobe supports the teaching and learning of creativity, communication, collaboration, and digital literacy, suited for both in-person and remote learning. The company is expanding access to Adobe Creative Cloud apps to facilitate distance learning. Find more details here.
  • Adobe is giving its higher education and K-12 institutional customers globally — who currently make Creative Cloud apps in on-campus labs — the ability to request temporary “at-home” access at no additional cost through May 31, 2020. To learn more and request access, follow this link.
  • Adobe also is offering free 90-day access to Adobe Connect, a web conferencing solution. This offer gives users the ability to join meetings, trainings, and virtual classrooms from home. To learn more, check out the Adobe Connect blog here.

Atlassian

  • Atlassian is giving educators free, one-year subscriptions to Trello Business Class, to help them stay organized and connected as they transition to remote learning.

IBM

  • IBM is supporting educators and students transitioning to remote learning by making a its online education resources free to all.
    • IBM Skills – Webinars and courses for both high school teachers and students on a variety of subjects such as remote classroom best practices, developing professional skills, and exploring new career paths.
    • Open P-TECH – A digital education platform launched to equip those aged 14-20 years old with foundational knowledge about topics like cybersecurity, AI and cloud computing, plus professional skills like critical and creative thinking, at no cost. When students complete coursework on the platform, they can earn industry recognized “digital badges” that can be added to their resumes and social networks. This can demonstrate their knowledge and skills as they apply for employment or higher education.
    • IBM AI Education series for teachers – An immersive, interactive professional learning suite of online experiences crafted by and for educators to guide students through AI’s foundational concepts and K-12 classroom connections. Participants will learn how to infuse their content and curriculum with the knowledge, skills and values driving innovation in AI today.

Microsoft

  • Microsoft is offering a free version of Office 365 to all educational institutions. Microsoft’s Teams enables remote education through a unified communication and collaboration platform. It combines chat, audio conferencing, video meetings, file storage, and it can help users—teachers, students and volunteers—stay connected. Office 365 A1 is a free offering that is available to all educational institutions, and more information is available here.
  • Educators can learn more Microsoft Teams and how to get started by watching these free webinars:
    • Online Classes & Lectures With All Your Students: Explore how to to create a persistent online classroom with meetings for up to 250 participants. This webinar is designed to help first-time users of Teams get started and host classes and lectures with online meetings. More information is available here.
    • Online Meetings with Student Groups or Anyone via their Email: Discover how to keep students engaged with online meetings for small groups. This webinar is for educators who need to create ad-hoc meetings with select groups of students and will cover virtual office hours, tutoring sessions, and other group meetings. More information is available here.
    • Online Education and Business Continuity for IT Administrators: Learn how to deploy and manage Teams for students, faculty, and staff. This webinar is designed to assist IT Administrators in setting up Teams for online meetings, collaboration, and more. More information is available here.
  • The Microsoft Education Team has created a new remote learning community for academic institutions and educators transitioning to distance learning. Microsoft Education representatives and community members are available to answer questions, offer best practices, and share advice on how to leverage Microsoft’s software to keep students engaged in this challenging time.
  • Microsoft is making Minecraft: Education Edition available free to teachers and students with Office 365 Education accounts to support remote learning during school closures.

PTC

    • PTC is making its Onshape SaaS CAD solution and associated learning resources freely available to high schools and universities offering collaborative virtual STEM and 3D CAD classes to students learning at home.

Salesforce

  • Through the free Trailhead learning platform, Salesforce has created publicly-available modules focusing on tips and tricks for telecommuting success and promoting healthy routines for people shifting to a telework lifestyle. View this course and more Trailhead resources here.

Siemens

  • Siemens Digital Industries Software is providing complimentary access to two sets of education offerings on TechforLearners.org, a searchable online database of education technology tools featuring the Siemens K-12 and Siemens Higher Ed and Workforce Development Software.
  • These professional software and learning offerings address all aspects of the product development process, including CAD/CAM simulation. With these tools, students at all educational and experience levels can develop in-demand technical skills.